The 20 Most Liked Instagram Photos in 2019

Most Like Instagram Photos

Instagram racks up more than 3.5 billion likes every day.

But what makes an Instagram post popular? Yep, you guessed it: Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, babies, and deceased rappers.*

In this article, you’ll learn all about the top 20 most liked Instagram photos in 2019 and the story behind the most liked Instagram picture ever.

I’ll see you on the other side.

* If you’re not a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo or Kylie Jenner, proceed with caution.

20. Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant

Owner: Selena Gomez

Date Posted: September 14, 2017

Account Name: @selenagomez

Back in 2017, fans noticed that Selena Gomez wasn’t actively promoting her new music.

This Instagram photo revealed that her quiet summer was because she was having a kidney transplant after suffering organ damage due to Lupus disease – a serious autoimmune disease that occurs when your body starts attacking your own organs.

After the transplant, Gomez shared three pictures detailing the procedure and her recovery.

In the description of the post, she thanks her kidney donor Francia Raisa, saying, “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

The post has gained an overwhelming amount of support from her Instagram followers and is currently the 20th most liked Instagram photo in 2019.

19. Kylie Jenner with Her Boyfriend and Daughter

Owner: Kylie Jenner

Date Posted: November 22, 2018

Account Name: @kyliejenner

This is the first of many Instagram posts from Kylie Jenner that have made it into the list of the 20 most liked Instagram photos.

The reality TV personality, model, and socialite gained renown from the television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Kylie’s also the co-creator of the hugely successful makeup brand Kylie Cosmetics.

In this post – the 19th most liked Instagram photo in 2019 – Jenner shares an intimate moment with her daughter Stormi and her boyfriend, the rapper Travis Scott, who has 15.3 million followers on his own Instagram account.

18. Cristiano’s Family in His Football Team’s Kit

Owner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Date Posted: August 21, 2018

Account Name: @cristiano

Just like he dominates on the soccer fields across the world, Cristiano Ronaldo dominates this list of the 20 most liked Instagram photos.

This joyous photo features him posing on a rooftop with his girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez and his four children wearing the Juventus kit.

Translated, the caption reads: “The Juventus family! #UntilTheEnd.”

The football star left Spain’s Real Madrid to sign with the Italian club Juventus in 2018 in a transfer deal worth a massive €100 million ($113 million).

17. Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Announcement

Owner: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

Date Posted: February 1, 2017

Account Name: @beyonce

In this Instagram post from 2017, Beyoncé announced that she was pregnant with twins.

Beyoncé and her husband Shawn Corey Carter, aka rap icon Jay-Z, decided to name the babies Rumi and Sir Carter.

Jay-Z proudly explained the meaning behind each of the unique names in an interview saying, “Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter.”

To clarify, he’s referring to Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, the famous 13th-century Persian poet.

Jay-Z said the couple agreed on the name Sir for their son after he was born, saying, “Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.”

After the birth, Beyoncé shared another Instagram post of her holding Rumi and Sir Carter.

The follow-up post didn’t quite make the list of the 20 most liked Instagram photos, with 10.3 million Instagram likes.

16. Cristiano Ronaldo on a Boat

Owner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Date Posted: July 9, 2018

Account Name: @cristiano

Ronaldo secures the 16th most liked Instagram photo with this image of him on a boat relaxing with his girlfriend and his first child, Cristiano Junior.

Family seems to be a common theme running through this list of the 20 most liked Instagram photos.

The Portuguese footballer, who plays as a forward for Juventus, clearly enjoys sharing cheerful moments with his family – and his many followers clearly enjoy seeing them.

This isn’t the last you’ll see of Ronaldo.

Actually, it’s not even the last you’ll see of him on a boat…

15. Ronaldo and His Girlfriend on Vacation

Owner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Date Posted: July 26, 2018

Account Name: @cristiano

Well, whaddya know? It’s Ronaldo again with the 15th most liked photo on Instagram!

When he’s not playing for Juventas or captaining the Portugal national team, Ronaldo seems to love a good vacation.

Here’s a photo of him on vacation in Greece with his girlfriend. The caption translated to English reads, “Holidays with Love! 😍”

Interestingly, a news story from earlier that month reports that Ronaldo tipped staff at his hotel in Greece a whopping €20,000 ($22,600).

What a legend.

14. Kylie and Stormi at a Party

Owner: Kylie Jenner

Date Posted: September 22, 2018

Account Name: @kyliejenner

People really like Kylie and Stormi.

This pink and shiny post shows Kylie holding Stormi at a themed party.

Born on 1 February 2018 to parents Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott, Stormi doesn’t seem all that impressed by the themed event.

I mean, it’s so embarrassing when your Mum dyes her hair pink, right?

Kylie tends to keep her Instagram post captions short and sweet. This one doesn’t even contain hashtags and instead, just features just two emojis: “💕👑”

13. Ronaldo’s Delivery Room Announcement

Owner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Date Posted: November 12, 2017

Account Name: @cristiano

Ronaldo scores again with the 13th most liked Instagram photo in 2019.

In this post, he announces the birth of his baby with girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez, who they named Alana Martina.

The photo showcases an intimate moment in the delivery room just after the birth, and the Instagram caption translates to: “Alana Martina is just born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great! We are all very happy!”

12. A Photo of an Egg with a Slight Crack

Owner: Chris Godfrey

Date Posted: January 18, 2019

Account Name: @world_record_egg

The 12th most liked Instagram photo features an egg with a slight crack in it.

To be fair, that’s pretty much all anyone knew about the mysterious World Record Egg Instagram account when this post was shared.

After the original post of an egg went viral, the Instagram profile began sharing a series of photos that gradually showed the egg cracking.

This was the first of those posts and it generated a huge amount of engagement, despite the lack of caption or explanation.

World Record Egg

The series of photos culminated in a video that racked up 20.5 million views and revealed that streaming service Hulu has partnered with the egg to raise awareness around mental health issues.

The final video and now the Instagram account actively promote the website which details where people can find help for mental health conditions in many different countries.

I think we can all agree that this viral sensation was eggstremely eggciting.

11. Cristiano Ronaldo on a Boat (Number 2)

Owner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Date Posted: December 31, 2018

Account Name: @cristiano

Let’s be fair – there’s no such thing as too much “Ronaldo on a boat.”

And clearly, Instagram users agree, which is why this is the 11th most liked photo on Instagram.

This particular photo was taken in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in front of the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel.

Ronaldo and his partner are taking some time to themselves with none of his four children in sight.

10. Kylie and Stormi in Pink (Again)

Owner: Kylie Jenner

Date Posted: October 29, 2018

Account Name: @kyliejenner

Kylie certainly knows how to put together an image destined to be one of the most liked Instagram photos.

The charm of this photo lies in the smiling face of baby Stormi. Perhaps this is a result of her mother’s loving gaze or maybe the matching pink butterfly outfits.

In a surprisingly long caption for Kylie, she writes, “My baby butterfly…”

9. Ronaldo and Juventas #Forever

Owner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Date Posted: July 16, 2018

Account Name: @cristiano

In the 9th most liked Instagram photo, Ronaldo showcases his undying love and allegiance to Juventus Football Club.

The pointing is epic. The font is a bit weird though.

The caption translated to English reads, “Go Juve! #UntilTheEnd.” Juventus pays Ronaldo about $34 million per year, so he has reason to be happy with his employer.

8. Kylie and Stormi (For the 4th Time…)

Owner: Kylie Jenner

Date Posted: August 9, 2018

Account Name: @kyliejenner

This is one popular baby!

Captioned “my heart,” Stormi looks rather confused in this photo. Still, she’s only six months old at this point and is probably still adjusting to her immense fame.

The picture also shows Kylie’s leg scar, which she got from an accident when she was five years old.

Fans have praised the model for not airbrushing the scar out of images.

7. Ronaldo’s Family Christmas

Owner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Date Posted: December 24, 2018

Account Name: @cristiano

On Christmas Eve in 2018, Ronaldo shared this whimsical photo of his family dressed in Santa hats.

Captioned “Merry Christmas” in both Portuguese and English, the photo was an instant hit and rocketed up to become the 7th most liked photo on Instagram.

Now, is it just me, or does the Christmas joy expressed increase as you look at the faces from left to right?

6. Ariana Grande’s Tribute to Mac Miller

Owner: Ariana Grande

Date Posted: September 8, 2018

Account Name: @arianagrande

Pop singer Ariana Grande met rapper Mac Miller way back in 2012 and the couple revealed their relationship in 2016.

The relationship came to an end at the beginning of 2018, only for Miller to die unexpectedly a few months later in September 2018.

News of Miller’s death shocked both fans and the music industry, and many stars paid tribute to the rapper.

Grande didn’t include a caption and the comments are turned off.

However, a week after this post, Grande shared another Instagram tribute to Miller. The post featured a video of Mac Miller laughing and wearing a black sweatshirt bearing the words “Everything will be okay.”

In the post’s caption, Grande calls Miller “my dearest friend” and writes, “I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and always will…  I can’t believe you’re not here anymore.”

5. Kylie and Stormi (For the 5th Time)

Owner: Kylie Jenner

Date Posted: March 1, 2018

Account Name: @kyliejenner

This photo celebrates one month since Stormi’s birth.

It’s such a special occasion that Jenner writes far more than usual saying, “my angel baby is 1 month old today.”

We can’t see Stormi’s face in the photo, but she does appear to be wearing an incredibly cute onesie.

Jenner is dressed in her standard Fall camouflage gear – which makes no sense because this image was posted in Spring.

4. Justin Bieber Gets Engaged

Owner: Justin Bieber

Date Posted: July 9, 2018

Account Name: @justinbieber

The fourth most liked Instagram photo features pop singer Justin Bieber announcing his engagement to model Hailey Baldwin.

And unlike Kylie Jenner, the Biebs is a fan of long captions – this one is almost 250 words.

In it, he proclaims his love for Baldwin, writing, “Hailey I am sooooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY… My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first!”

The engagement announcement came after a twelve-week romance and nearly a decade of friendship.

A few months later in September 2019, the couple got married in New York at a lower Manhattan courthouse.

3. XXXTentacion First and Last Instagram Post

Owner: Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, AKA: XXXTentacion

Date Posted: May 19, 2018

Account Name: @xxxtentacion

The third most liked Instagram post comes from rapper XXXTentacion.

It was his first and only Instagram post before his unexpected death in June 2018. The 20-year-old died of a gunshot wound he received in a robbery at a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Bizarrely, XXXTentacion created a music video for his song “Sad” in which he attends his own funeral and the video was released after his death.

2. Kylie Jenner and Stormi’s Reign Ends

Owner: Kylie Jenner

Date Posted: February 6, 2018

Account Name: @kyliejenner

This is Kylie Jenner’s seventh appearance in this list of the 20 most liked Instagram photos. And this post, in particular, held the top spot for quite a while before dropping to silver place.

The photo announces the birth of her daughter Stormi and reveals her surname: Webster. The name is taken from her father Travis Scott, whose real name is Jacques Webster.

1. The Most Liked Instagram Picture Ever: An Egg

Owner: Chris Godfrey

Date Posted: January 4, 2019

Account Name: @world_record_egg

Yep, the most liked Instagram picture ever is an egg.

This photo of an egg poached the top spot from Kylie Jenner by a long shot with almost 59 million likes – that’s nearly three times as many as the second most liked photo on Instagram.

The World Record Egg account began as a simple campaign to set the world record for the most liked photo on Instagram and went on to beat the previous world record set by Jenner.

Obviously, people loved the idea and scrambled to get on board.

The record-breaking egg even provoked a response from Jenner herself, captioned, “take that little egg.”


Here’s a quick round-up of the key facts:

  • The most liked Instagram picture ever is an egg and has a whopping 53 million likes.
  • The most liked Instagram picture ever has nearly three times as many likes as the second most liked Instagram photo of Kylie Jenner and her daughter Stormi, which has 18.7 million likes.
  • Six of the 20 most liked Instagram photos are from Kylie Jenner.
  • Seven of the 20 most like Instagram photos are from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Now, based on the themes featured throughout this list, here’s how to create a record-breaking Instagram post that will beat the egg and win the top spot:

First, get Cristiano Ronaldo to announce his engagement to his newly pregnant girlfriend on Christmas Eve while holding baby Stormi.

Then, make sure they’re all on a boat, holding eggs.

Instagram is a strange place.

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